Blog Archives for August 2012

Student Loan Ranger: Rising Law School Tuition Examined in New Book

August 30, 2012

As the National Law Journal recently revealed, law school tuition and fees will increase 4 percent at private law schools (to approximately $40,585) and 6 percent at public law schools (to approximately $23,590) at a time when inflation is about 1.7 percent and law school applications have declined by 25 percent over the past two years.

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Student Loan Ranger: Why Students Should Be Wary of Campus Debit Cards

August 23, 2012

At the Student Loan Ranger, we like to remind students of ways to avoid spiraling debt and to use student loan money wisely. And, with a new school year about to begin, we want to join the warnings about what appear to be school-endorsed debit cards.

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Public Defender Corps Kicks Off with Intense Boot Camp

August 20, 2012

The 2012 Class of Public Defender Corps Fellows just completed two weeks of intensive indigent defense training at the Southern Public Defender Training Center (SPDTC) Summer Institute in Birmingham, Alabama.  Public Defender Corps is a joint initiative between SPDTC and Equal Justice Works that is largely supported by a U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance grant.

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Student Loan Ranger: Private Student Loan Issues Examined in New Report

August 16, 2012

"Private Student Loans," the July 20th report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to Congress, is data-driven and understated. It is also compelling and holds the feet of the private loan industry to the fire.

The most important information for borrowers and their families concerns the riskiness of private student loans and the difficulty distinguishing between private and federal loans. Nearly all private loans mimic key features of federal Stafford loans: They do not require borrowers to pay in school, offer a six-month grace period after graduation, and offer further deferment if a borrower returns to school. Unfortunately, these superficial similarities mask significant risks.

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Student Loan Ranger: Investing in Children Early Increases Access to Education

August 9, 2012

At the Student Loan Ranger, we care a lot about student loans—not because it's in our name, but because student debt can impact major life decisions: the ability to take a lower-paying public interest job, start a family, buy a house, and even whether to go to college or not. That last one's a little ironic, since federal student loans were created as one way to increase access to education.

And the Student Loan Ranger most definitely cares about access to education. Higher education is often called the great equalizer—the path through which anyone, by effort and ability, can realize the American Dream.

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10 Ways to be More Persuasive in Job Interviews

August 7, 2012

This article was originally published on the PSLawNet blog and was from the most recent issue of the NALP Bulletin. Read the original post here.

By: Steve Grumm & Maria Hibbard

Lisa Abrams, Director of Career Services at the University of Chicago, contributed a terrific article to the August edition of the NALP Bulletin.  The article, “Ten Ways Law Students Can Be More Persuasive in Interviews,” offers solid advice for students and recent grads alike.  At its core, the article is a reminder that even though an interview is a real-time experience requiring job-seekers to think and speak on their feet, pre-interview preparation is critical.  We all perform better in these settings when we’ve thought through what we want to say, what questions we may expect to be asked, and how we may answer those questions in a way that puts our best professional foot forward.  Abrams’s ten tips begin…

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Student Loan Ranger: Use Loans Carefully, Students Advise

August 2, 2012

Summer is winding down (though the heat continues to rise) and students are preparing to head back to school. As you're considering loans for school, think about minimizing your borrowing and avoiding spiraling debt.

At the Student Loan Ranger, we have some great summer interns willing to share their experiences with borrowing for school and how they've learned to use that money wisely.

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